Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Book Giveaways!


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Whoa, Nelly. The other day I got to work to find a package on my desk. I immediately ripped through the packaging (actually, I opened it tactfully) to find two treasures…I can’t wait to share!

1.) The printed version of the blog, A Year of Mornings. I have followed this blog from the beginning and thought: a.) Man alive! The images are amazing and b.) Why don’t more people do this? If you are not familiar with 3191ayearofmornings.com/, the premise is simple: two gals live 3191 miles apart (Portland, Maine and Portland, Oregon) and document their mornings by posting one photo to a shared blog every weekday for a year. The women have only met in person once thus their friendship is solely maintained online. The book is visual eye candy and from a design perspective, very inspiring. Take a look!

3191: A Year of Mornings

And the second book:

2.) To Each His Home. Compared to A Year of Mornings this book is a bit quirkier. You won’t see as much of an emphasis on the little details of each day but more how a home has evolved into its own entity over time. The homes in this book are not the product of magazine influences or professional interior designers. Instead, they are expressions of how a marionette maker, a retired union steamfitter, a painter, an inventor, a former Golden Gloves welterweight champion, a visual merchandiser, and a retired stay-at-home mother of seven have made their homes their own. The photography is awesome! A sneak peek:

to each his home

Now to the goods! Thanks to the Princeton Architectural Press we have two sets of each book to give to you! Tell us what makes your home an extension of you? Is it a collection, a color, a favorite chair, the kitchen, the bathroom, a trinket, an art piece etc? Submit a comment to this posting and we will announce the two randomly selected winners next Tuesday, Nov 18th. If you have a photo, even better (but not required)… post it to our Fresh New Spaces Flickr group and include a link with your comment.

P.S The Princeton Architectural Press publishes so many amazing design/art/architecture-centric books…I would highly suggest picking up a copy of Catalog: The Illustrated History of Mail Order Shopping (my new favorite book). I have to share an image, this book is so good:

About Ali:
I enjoy wood paneled station wagons, German food and senior citizens (I am 80 years old at heart). Nearly every weekend I am taking photos at other people's weddings and I have a blog of my own (but I don't update it often enough). I love to paint, sew and knit. Check out my DP Staff profile on Hatch.

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I enjoy wood paneled station wagons, German food and senior citizens (I am 80 years old at heart). Nearly every weekend I am taking photos at other people's weddings and I have a blog of my own (but I don't update it often enough). I love to paint, sew and knit. Check out my DP Staff profile on Hatch.



  1. gnomeangel says:

    November 11th, 2008 at 1:19 pm (#)

    It’s the collection of little things that have a meaning to me and my Husband. It’s the shell that we found on the beach, the toy that he won me at the local fair, the print we brought together while on holiday. It’s all the little things that add up to our life together.

    These things reflect who we are as individuals and who we are together. It’s what makes our home a reflection of us, and I love it.

    A small sample: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnomeangel/3022448283/in/pool-freshnewspaces

  2. Becky says:

    November 11th, 2008 at 1:52 pm (#)

    I’m so jealous. 3191 is one of my absolute favorite blogs of all time!

  3. Maggie says:

    November 12th, 2008 at 10:27 am (#)

    I’m a sucker for a good photography book. Make that a *quirky* photography book and my sucker status has been elevated to full on tootsie-roll blow-pop.

  4. Brooke says:

    November 13th, 2008 at 6:37 am (#)

    I find that my preferences for how I dress are carried out in the way our home looks. I prefer neutrals with spots of bright color, and that’s how our house is ending up!

    what a great giveaway–both look so inspiring and beautiful!

  5. Tara C says:

    November 14th, 2008 at 7:20 am (#)

    Our parties for our friends and their kids!

    We’re living in a fabulous house with big porches on all sides, so we invite everyone over, open up the doors and let the fun flow freely inside and outside of the house.

  6. Maria Gil says:

    November 14th, 2008 at 2:43 pm (#)

    It’s the art on the walls. I live in a provisional flat, but I know that the art I’ve been collecting is with me, and will stay with me, and evolve with me.

    I’d love the books. Thanks for such lovely giveaway!

  7. stacey @ tree, root, and twig says:

    November 15th, 2008 at 2:51 pm (#)

    My home is an extension of me in the small handprints left on the walls, windows, and tv screen. In those tiny, spiraling prints there’s a bit of who I am so glad to be: a mother.

  8. bluebird says:

    November 16th, 2008 at 8:11 am (#)

    ever since i titled my blog “bluebird photography,” friends and strangers a like have started gifting me little bird trinkets. so now i have a menagerie of birds hidden throughout the apartment.

  9. Christina @ Pardon My Vintage says:

    November 17th, 2008 at 12:41 am (#)

    What a lovely giveaway!

    Much of my home is decorated in mid-century vintage; I like knowing my decor had a life before me, and that some of it might one day bring someone else a little happiness, as well. My home is an extension of myself because most of my belongings have a story to tell. I remember each detail of how I unearthed my treasures, from who I was with to where I traveled to find it. I try to only keep things that capture my imagination and inspire me, and I believe these books would do both!

  10. Bridget Pilloud says:

    November 17th, 2008 at 11:10 am (#)

    I wish all my mornings looked so lovely!

  11. Helen X. says:

    November 17th, 2008 at 11:42 am (#)

    I love this giveaway!

    My home is still a work in progress, but I love clean lines and pops of colors, so my home is filled with simple, modern furniture with pops of color added via cushions, drawings, photos. I’m super excited about a yellow chair I just purchases and an orange dish towel that I plan to turn into a cushion cover!

  12. Elsie says:

    November 17th, 2008 at 5:50 pm (#)

    Home is where you hang your heart, and we have a wall of photographs hanging,…. taken by my husband, my son and myself, on outings to the local parks…(showing our interpretations of the seasons here in Ohio, including wildlife, scenery, unusual views, outdoor activities). We change the photos occasionally, and have added a group in the hallway, also. It’s a very wonderful personalization of our memories and our home.

  13. Kate says:

    November 17th, 2008 at 6:13 pm (#)

    Wow, I really stumbled on to this blog in a lucky way!

    I’m not certain if it’s an extension of me so much, but the best part about my house is our big recovered oak-topped table that we found at a home/architectural salvage shop. It was only the round table top, and my boyfriend refinished it and built the pedestal base. It’s very simple and lovely, and reflects the fact that we like to sit around it by ourselves or with friends and spend hours talking.

  14. Helen says:

    November 19th, 2008 at 9:22 am (#)

    What a tricky question … My house is cluttered full of things I’ve collected along the way and I’ve never lived anywhere that has felt ‘finished’ or ‘me’ … I gaze in awe at other artist’s houses and wonder how they live so beautifully – I tell myself that they must just have a massive tidy up before the photo shoot and that everyone lives like me really 🙂 This year we are *finally* turning our house into a lovely home – no matter that I can’t even get into my craft room at the moment, the journey has started in other rooms and I can create there instead! Most of all I’m looking forward to taking delivery of a second hand piano which I have dreamed of owning – I’m also determined to frame and hang some of the gorgeous prints I’ve bought in recent years … and even more importantly some of my own art!
    p.s. the link to a year of mornings doesn’t work for me but this one does I think … http://3191.visualblogging.com/

  15. ali says:

    November 19th, 2008 at 10:30 pm (#)

    Hey Helen,

    Best of luck in making your house a home. Although the process can be a challenge the end results are so rewarding.

    Also, thanks for the info about the bum link. Hopefully all has been fixed.


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